(Last Updated: 04/29/2009 5:00PM EDT)
Without further delay, the video review begins….
The Interface – Pre vs. IPhone – Winner: Palm Pre
After having used the IPhone and marvelled at the innovation Apple introduced with this very natural and fun to use gestures interface, I didn’t think it could get any better – but it really could. Compared to the weak attempt by RIM and what many would say failure of the Storm 9530. On the Pre, the learning curve is a bit steeper but Palm has taken this to a new level. Unlike Windows Mobile, the IPhone OS does not really allow for multitasking. If you haven’t experienced this before, it’s the one rigid experience IPhone lovers have lamented over. The idea is that when you do something on the IPhone, you are in a “mode”, and until you complete that activity you cannot do anything else. On the Palm Pre, you can send out an SMS, receive a GTalk reply, respond using your AIM chat, and get a SMS in return. And it is all been treated as a single conversation, in a single view, and in a single interface. Sweet.
See this video Video 1 – Apple Pre Interface to judge for yourself
Applications & Usability – Pre vs. IPhone – Winner: Apple IPhone
Palm has made many improvements in usability that some might prefer compared to the IPhone. More thought has been given it seems, to how alerts and notifications are displayed – and unlike the IPhone, most will not “lock” your screen and force you to attend to them. On the Pre, you can continue doing whatever you were doing in just about all cases. This makes for a much smoother experience. But apart from the “crisper” interface, if you consider the integration with iTunes and the App Store, the IPhone still easily gets my nod here. The Amazon Music Store, though functional, just isn’t the same experience.
Web Browsing – Pre vs. IPhone – Winner: Palm Pre (with a caveat)
See this video Palm Pre Browsing Experience to judge for yourself.
As a disappointed BlackBerry Storm experience with the office device, and in the market for a personal device to “lift the spirits”, the Palm Pre for me, as with many, will provide pause in what was up to now, really a one horse show. Looking ahead, I think this competition is great news for IPhone lovers – I am excited with what I am seeing and reading about the Apple IPhone OS 3.0 Hold on folks, this should be interesting…who knows, maybe RIM may surprise us soon….rumours swirl about a new TV Service RIM may be about to launch….enjoy the ride!! I’m loving every minute of it…
Update: 03/28/2009 10:00PM – Bonnie Cha over at CNET just posted a Palm Pre vs. iPhone 3Garticle and talks about the upcoming CTIA and the 2009 spring show. All the players (including Palm) will be at the show that takes place April 1-2 in Las Vegas. You can be sure I’ll be covering this event closely and following up with what will be unveiled, discussed and (dare I say) launched….From the Keynotes info posted up, they’ve certainly got some heavyweights recruited – Al Gore is a special Keynote Speaker on the 3rd. Wish I was closer….but if you are, you might want to register for this one! Wonder if Apple will release something here…I’m following the news feeds closely now, so as soon as I hear something, I will pass it on to you. You can follow yourself using Google News — here is my watch link for a new Apple IPhone.
Update: 03/28/2009 11:50PM As we get closer to CTIA the buzz on the Palm Pre is just growing. Here’s a great article from NetworkWorld that talks about the pressure on Sprint with this release, as well as another head to head comparison between the IPhone and Pre – sure to be many more of these folks!
Update: 03/31/2009 7:25PMJust came across this video walkthrough of the Palm Pre.
Update: 04/03/2009 6:08AMSee my breaking news storyon the Palm Pre at CTIA 2009
Update: 04/08/20091:53AM Apple unleashes “there’s an app for that” commericals!
Update: 04/10/2009 9:29PM Palm Pre Information Library courtesy of Engadget
Update: 04/11/2009 11:39AM Rumour has it that Sprint employees are training on the Palm Pre
Update: 04/27/2009 10:56PM Why Developers Think the Palm Pre Could Upstage the iPhone
Update: 04/28/2009 8:10PM Palm Pre Rumour Of The Day: June 7 Release Date